The mission of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County, Inc. ("I Have A Dream") is to motivate and empower at-risk children from low-income communities (Dreamer Scholars) to reach their educational and career goals by providing a long-term intervention program of mentoring, tutoring, and cultural enrichment. Upon graduation from high school, each Dreamer Scholar is eligible to receive a last-dollar, four-year tuition-assistance scholarship for college or vocational school.
Help us reach our goal of serving more children by sponsoring a Dreamer Scholar! A donation of $250 per month or $3000 per year for ten years will support a child's dream of making it to and through college!
The "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County was founded in 1990 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The program follows the national "I Have A Dream" model established in New York in 1981 by founder Eugene Lang. Once funding is secured, cohorts of approximately 50-80 low-income elementary school children who are deemed at high risk for dropping out of high school are identified with the assistance of local school districts and housing-authority personnel. A learning center is established exclusively for that group to provide comprehensive long-term program support for every child from elementary school through high school. The ultimate goal of "I Have A Dream" is for each Dreamer Scholar to graduate from high school prepared for higher education or a fulfilling career.
Since its founding, "I Have A Dream" has grown from one Dreamer Scholar Class consisting of 36 Dreamer Scholars to an organization supporting a total of 15 classes and 780 low-income youth and their families; more than 3,000 individuals.
Currently "I Have A Dream" operates seven year-round learning centers in Boulder, Lafayette and Longmont assisting these Dreamer Scholars throughout their educational career. Our success is dependent on community financial support, volunteerism, and partnerships with individuals and organizations in our community.
" I have been in the 'I Have A Dream' Foundation since 3rd grade. At first, I thought that the program was for field trips and fun. But as I grew older, I realized what it meant to be a Dreamer (Scholar). Being a Dreamer (Scholar) has many meanings. Being a Dreamer (Scholar) in 'I Have A Dream' means someone who has long-term education goals and a full program of help. 'I Have A Dream' is a great program for children whom cannot afford to go to college and experience everyday to the fullest. 'I Have A Dream' has given me the chance to experience programs I would have never experienced. Thanks to 'I Have A Dream's' help, I will be going to college and fulfilling my dream of becoming a massage therapist. Thank you for your support!"
- Madelin, Broadway Dreamer Class Graduate of 2010
"The Dreamer (Scholars) program has helped me a lot. It's helped me in school over the past five years, and also on a personal level. This program gives you a lot of opportunities that some people wish they had. If you are a Dreamer Scholar, take those opportunities that they give you, and be thankful."
- Valentin G., Casa Dreamer Scholar Alum
"The 'I Have A Dream' Foundation inspired me to keep working to achieve academic success and to go on to higher education. It motivated me to keep working hard and helped me maintain good grades."
- Vicky M., Broadway Dreamer Alum